The AADA supports the continuation of the Government’s investment in the Skilling Australia Fund.
A shortage of skilled labour in the automotive sector is a constraint on businesses operating in that sector.. A survey conducted for the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) estimates a total shortage of 27,377 skilled personnel in 2016-17 and is estimated to grow to 35,083 during 2017-18, moderating slightly to 31,202 in 2018-19. The impact of skilled shortages includes loss of productivity, increased labour costs to retain skilled technicians, and use of sub-standard labour requiring greater supervision particularly in regional areas.
In the 2017-18 Budget the Government announced a commitment to address skills shortages through the creation of the Skilling Australia Fund, with a focus on apprenticeships, trainees and pre-apprenticeships, and higher apprenticeships.
More information about the Skilling Australia Fund can be found at https://www.education.gov.au/skilling-australians-fund